Transgender Grads Get $20,000 Each After Bathroom Dispute
A Pennsylvania school agreed to pay three transgender students $20,000 each in a settlement allowing the students to use the bathroom with which they identify.
The details of the costly settlement — totaling $60,000 awarded to the students and $75,000 to their attorney — were released Tuesday after the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette requested the information from the Pine-Richland School District under the state’s Right-to-Know law, according to US News. (Related: Preschoolers Can Now Go To Transgender ‘Rainbow Day Camp’).
U.S. District Court Judge Mark Hornak sent out a 48-page ruling in February 2016 explaining why the Pine-Richland policy discriminated against transgender students and violated the Fourteenth Amendment Equal Protections Clause, according to the Post-Gazette.
The students — two of whom identify as female but were born male, and one who identifies as male but was born female — sued the school in October 2016 when it wouldn’t allow them to use the restroom corresponding with their gender identity rather than their birth gender. The school initially enforced its bathroom policies in response to complaints from parents who felt that allowing transgenders to use the wrong bathroom violated the privacy of the other students.
By agreeing to settle, the school now allows students to use whichever bathroom “consistently and uniformly [matches their] asserted gender identity.”
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